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RE: [SLE] Making yourself have root permissions
- From: ryagatich@xxxxxxxx (Ryan Yagatich)
- Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 10:51:31 -0500
- Message-id: <000901bf884d$01af7ac0$3001a8c0@r2>
i denfinitely have to side with this one. No-one that I know uses root for
common practice anyways.
My personal beliefs are that someone is trying to break into a system, and
figured we'd give good hacking advice. I definitely have to say, if this is
the case than they should go somewhere else.
just su!!! that's the best way if you need it. it was told before many times
--signatures are overrated--
>From: Jon Pennington [mailto:jpennington@xxxxxxxxx]
>Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 10:36 AM
>To: Jerry L Kreps; Sander van Vugt
>Subject: Re: [SLE] Making yourself have root permissions
>On Tue, 07 Mar 2000, Jerry L Kreps wrote:
>> Sander van Vugt wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> > I'm risking the most stupid question of the year, but I do it anyway. I
>> > often hear things like "If you ever link to the internet as
>root you are
>> > asking for a world of hurt".
>> > Could anyone please explain what excactly can happen (and im
>> > about my own stupidities) when I'm connected to the Internet as root?
>> > Sander
>> Would you go off to work and leave the front door of your
>> home open, with a sign on the door that says "Come on in,
>> steal everything I have, my credit cards, my jewels, my
>> stereo and tv, then burn the place down. My insurance
>> doesn't care because it won't cover it."
>> That's what is would be like connecting to the internet as
>> root, except that you don't have to 'go to work'. You can
>> be on your PC typing aways, as I am now, and some cracker
>> could take control of your PC and do the what I mentioned
>> above. Even though SuSE does a good job of installing a
>> relatively safe system, running as root is a bad, bad thing
>> to do, even if you don't connect to the Internet.
>LOL; perhaps it's not as simple as making a connection to the box
>in `the front door', as Jerry put it, but it's certainly unwise.
>are you asking? Why would you log in as root unless you are doing
>*system*administration*? The root account (AKA Super User
>account) is *ONLY*
>for system administration when a privelaged user is not enough.
>Any time you
>use the root account, you're asking for real trouble, with or without an
>Jon Pennington | Atipa Linux Solutions -o)
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